Once a popular construction material for the home, asbestos was 20 years ago identified as a dangerous substance and outlawed in the UK.
As you will probably know, inhalation of asbestos fibres has been linked to fatal respiratory diseases and lung cancer, so it is vital that it is removed with expert care.
It wasn’t until 1999 that the substance was confirmed as dangerous, so if your home was built between 1930-1999 it is likely you have asbestos materials within your home, in places such as:
- Insulation (Boards, cavity wall, attic)
- Walls (cement)
- Gutters and Pipes
Providing it is in good condition, asbestos isn’t harmful, but if broken, damaged or left to deteriorate, it releases harmful fibres into the environment and that’s when the risk is heightened.
This is why is it important to ensure correct identification of asbestos within your home, which is where you need the experts.